Sunday the 19th August the will stick in the minds of many in Donoughmore Tug of War as one of the greatest days for their local Tug of War club for many years and possibly ever. Those supporters who made the two a half hour journey to the last National Championship of 2012 at the Tullow Rugby grounds were not disappointed, as eight locally grown Donoughmore men stamped their names in the archives of Irish Senior Tug of War for the first time in history.
The weather for once stayed dry as a busy day in National light weight tug of war commenced, the events under decision were Senior/Div2 580kg, Novice 560kgs, Ladies 520kgs and a very popular 4×4 Mixed.
The Ladies 520kg was contested by two great ladies teams of 2012, Boyneside and Ballinastoe. In a best of five end pull, the Ballinstoe Ladies had a great start bagging the first end but it was Boyneside who upped the pressure to win the next three and claim yet another National title in which has been an outstanding year for them in Ladies and Mens Tug of War.
Nine teams hammered out the Senior/Div2 and semi final placings went to Boley, Gortletteragh, Donoughmore, Glenhill. In turn, Boley were matched against local Cork club Glenhill in which Boley progressed to a final place in straight ends. Donoughmore faced Gortletteragh and were defeated by the Leitrim men as they completed the pairing of Boley and Gortletteragh in the final. Before they decided gold, the men of the Burren stepped up to face The Rockies and you could see in their faces they were not going to leave another gold slip through their fingers. The Burren won the Div 2 580kg in straight ends adding too there 600kg Novice Silver and the Novice 560kg 2011. The Burren by winning, also made it a Div 2 lightweight three in a row for Munster clubs with Donoughmore winning 2010 and Glenhill in 2011. Hearty congratulations to the team and band of supporters from Clare.
Under great scenes of celebrations from the Novice final it was time the Cork men had to face off to decide bronze in senior. The Watergrasshill men took a very controlled first end, but the Donoughmore men remained calm at the break knowing they had more to offer and in turn leveled the pull by winning the second end.. 1-1.. Third end.. the deciding end seen Donoughmore take rope and the Glenhill men get it back, but it was the Donoughmore men who had the grit and the determination to pull without fowl in the closing stages and in turn were awarded the third a final end. Winning for them their first ever Senior medal for the club and the first senior medal for Munster in close to ten years, the last been for the efforts of the men of Carbery Tug Of War, Cork.
The final also was a tough affair with Boley having to be on top of their game to take the first end from the Gortletteragh men after 7 mins of good pressure from the Wexford men. Gortletteragh now having too attack went about it as they do so well with extreme force and powerful attacking but true to Boley Tug of War they kept their shape well and had the grit to finish well.
The Novice 560kg top four were Stapletons, Farrenreigh, Ballinagh, Boynesiders. the young Tipp men overcame Ballinagh and Stapletons had to dig deep to win against the Boynesiders. Final, Farrenreigh versus Stapletons. Farrenreigh picked up first blood taking the first end, but disqualification in the second meant momentum swung to Stapletons and they took advantage by clinching the third and final end to receive the National Novice lightweight title.
The day was wrapped up well with a very entertaining mixed 4×4 competition. Donoughmore mixed team were one of 6 teams competing but unfortunately did not gather enough points to progress to the Semi Final stages. The top teams and this disciple were Canavans, Ballinastoe, Boyneside, Brideswell. The favourites Canavans eased passed the Boynesiders and Ballinastoe earned their place in the final by defeating Brideswell. But Canavans impressed once again in the final by grabbing a victory and defending their title and Ballinastoe had to be content with silver. Brideswell team picked up a hard earned bronze against Boynesiders.
A great day for Donoughmore Tug of War Club and Munster Tug of War. Congratulations to all in the mens teams across the year and many congratulations to the new Ladies team which can only be described as a welcome breath of fresh air to our small club. And we look forward to 2013 and the various challenges it brings…